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5000 jobs heading to Sunderland and South Tyneside

The City Deal includes plans to develop an International Advanced Manufacturing Plant on land near the Nissan site.

The official signing of a deal that could help to crate 5000 high tech manufacturing jobs takes place later today. Sunderland and South Tyneside have been awarded City Deal status, unlocking millions of pounds of Government money.

Police are concerned for missing man from Hebburn

Missing: Richard Bennett. Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police say they are concerned for a 44-year-old man who took his dog out for a walk five weeks ago and disappeared.

Richard Bennett, from Hebburn on South Tyneside, left his house on Thursday 27 March. His golden labrador was found in Newcastle ten days later.


Family of missing South Tyneside man becoming increasingly concerned

Missing: South Tyneside man Richard Bennett. Credit: Northumbria Police

The family of a missing South Tyneside man are appealing for him to get in touch.

44-year-old Richard Bennett has not been seen since Thursday 27 March and his family are becoming increasingly concerned.

Richard is 5ft 8 to 5ft 10 tall with a stocky build and could possibly now have facial hair. He has a light coloured mole on his left cheek and a prominent line between his eyebrows.

He may have been wearing a waterproof jacket, walking trousers, gaitors, walking boots and carrying a large rucksack.

Members of the public can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

South Tyneside Council staff will now be paid tomorrow

South Tyneside Council have confirmed that 6,000 of their employees will now be paid on Thursday 1 May, which is one day later than expected.

Following an issue with a delay in paying South Tyneside Council employees today, we can now confirm staff will be paid one day later than expected, on 1st May 2014.

“Arrangements are being put in place to assist staff with any hardship issues that may have arisen as a result of this delay. We thank staff for their patience and understanding on this matter.

“This is an isolated incident and we continue to investigate how it happened.”

– Spokesman, South Tyneside Council

6,000 staff at South Tyneside Council waiting to be paid

South Shields Town Hall. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

6,000 staff at South Tyneside Council are still waiting to be paid this month.

The salaries should have gone into their bank accounts today and the local authority is investigating the delay. The Council says it is treating the matter very seriously and hopes it will be resolved by the end of today.

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